my worklife kleeqersIn Nigeria (Lagos in particular) about 80% of individuals cannot seem to find a way around this very important topic. Demands at work most times do not provide opportunities for family/personal time....while trying to build a career, working adults find it hard to make time for friends, family, kids etc especially in this part of the world where most people live hours away from their places of work due to traffic.

Most jobs are 8:am – 4:pm or 9:am -5:pm and in some cases 5pm would turn into

midnights. Most people work late into the night, get home at 10 or 11pm and sleep at 12 or 1am and are up at 4am to get set for another day of work...this is practically 3hours of sleep on the average every day of the week. The health hazards of this are quite alarming as these abnormal timing affects proper feeding and resting periods.

An Instance; For those of us who are very conversant with the Lagos life and the distance from point A – point B can easily relate. A man who lives in ikorodu (Mainland) and works in Lekki (Island) due to his inability to afford the exorbitant amount required for rent has to be up at 4am every day to get to work before 8am. Sometimes he gets to work at 7am and has an hour or less to at least catch a little nap before work begins, he works from 8-4 or 5pm and then starts getting ready to leave for his home, he has to sit in traffic for hours and probably gets home at 8 or 9pm on a very good day, takes a shower, finishes the work he brought home from the office, has dinner at 10 or 11pm ( depending on when he finishes the home work) tries to get some sleep and is up again at 4am.

Stress can be positive or negative...Positive stress keeps us at alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges.

These improper balances (stress) could cause;

  • Headaches
  • Elevated blood pressure/hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Chest pain etc
    Eating late at night could cause;
  • Unhealthy weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Heart burn etc.

 I have heard people say oh avoid stress, prioritize your goals, have proper “time” management skills, ‘work close to your residential area” etc.. Now my question is with this man’s present situation and the lack of employment in Nigeria, what do you advice? How do you strike that healthy work/life balance in a world where the word “Hustle” has become more important than “Health”?

Kindly drop your comments.


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